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Radiant heating is a fast growing source of heating, both in commercial and residential installations. Radiant heating is an omni-directional source that does not heat air directly like baseboard convectors do. Unlike warm air, which tends to rise, radiant energy travels in all directions and it becomes very crucial for installers to know how heating works with different types of hardwood flooring. As heat beneath flooring involves tubing under plywood sub-floors, or tubing in concrete, it is very important for people to realize that radiant heating can dry out the hardwood flooring because of the heat that is rising from underneath it. Among different hardwood floors, bamboo flooring makes an excellent choice for the hardwood flooring that is installed over radiant heating. The great thing about bamboo is that it is not affected by heating and can easily withstand relative changes in the humidity. The performance of the bamboo floor over heating depends on many factors such as the installation method, user maintenance, quality of bamboo flooring, and the age of the bamboo plants when they were harvested. So, it is important that you do some research and select a company that use mature bamboo plants to make bamboo floors. The way the bamboo is attached to the sub-floor is also very important. It is better to attach the morning star bamboo flooring with the help of glue instead of nailing the floor. Although nails are driven through the tongues of the flooring planks to give them firm and strong attaching points, but at the same time, they can cause a rupture in one of the heating coils under the sub-floor by penetrating too far into the wood. Among different installation methods, a floating bamboo floor is perfectly suited to the under floor heating. Most of the hardwood flooring materials is subjected to deterioration with seasonal changes in moisture content and changes in interior temperature. Floating bamboo, on the other hand, is more stable, durable, and reliable than other hardwood flooring, especially with the cross-lamination reducing the effects of contraction and expansion. It is very important that you use a barrier between the floor and the heat and you don't place any type of hardwood flooring directly over the top of the radiant heating in your home. A radiant heating system generates heat and humidity and it is highly recommended by many manufacturers that you use at least 6/9-inch thick plywood. The sub-floor not only gives the flooring a much more stable foundation and support, but it also acts as a heat shield for the bamboo floor, protecting it from the radiant heat. When you get ready to install the bamboo flooring in a room where there is radiant heating, you should let the planks acclimate in that room for at least 3 days. This will allow flooring to better handle the humidity and the heat by letting the radiant heating go through its heating cycle several times. As bamboo is a tropical grass, it needs a constant level of heat. When bamboo is installed over a radiant heating system, it becomes very important to keep the heat set at one particular setting. Make sure that the radiant floor should not produce temperatures over 80-85 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the floor is successfully installed, don't force the heat over too large a temperature range, or heat quickly. Therefore, it is important to keep in your mind that leaving your radiant heating at a constant temperature will prevent bamboo from reacting to constant changes in the temperature.
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